Film Art and Cinematography : What movies are the best, Visually?

What movies are the best, Visually?

I like to watch movies that have great cinematography and great art direction even if they're not that great at everything else. Examples of movies that are visually great are: Atonement, Moulin Rouge, Memoirs of a Geisha and House of flying Daggers. A beautiful musical Score is also a great addition, which the movies i mentioned also have.

What other movies also have great visuals and a beautiful score?

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Hero, of course, which you probably already considered since you mentioned House/Daggers. I think the dark and atmospheric stuff is always fun to simply watch. Like the Harry Potter and Batman movies (minus the Schumacher two). Obviously the Zach Snyder two, 300 and Watchmen. The Leone westerns, anything lensed by Janusz Kaminski. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Tim Burton stuff is a specific favorite of mine for their visual qualities. I could go on but I have to get to work! Score, score....ummm, Thomas Newman is always wonderful, especially his Series of Unfortunate Events score. There so much more to mention, I listen to so much movie music but I gotta run!

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Thanks, I'll check out some of the Leone westerns. I already have Hero and 300 but haven't seen them yet but I've seen the rest of your recommendations. I also have some of Thomas Newman's film scores (Wall-e, Revolutionary Road). Do you have any other recommendations?

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Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet is one of my favorite's visually, but I'm guessing you've seen it. The soundtrack is also amazing, Radiohead, Garbage, Butthole Surfers, etc. Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula is very classicly done and is on my top ten favs list in terms of production design and make-up. Pan's Labyrinth, alright movie, great visuals. No Country for Old Men has some of the best nighttime photography I have ever seen. Amelie. F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu. is classic.

Music:

Alan Silvestri does some of my favorite work - Forrest Gump, Cast Away
Hans Zimmer - Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean
Henry Mancini - The Godfather
James Horner - The Land Before Time, Casper, Braveheart
James Newton Howard - King Kong, Signs
Howard Shore - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
John Williams (Of course)
I really enjoy Steve Jablonsky's score for Transformers
Ummm, Jerry Goldsmith - Rudy
Ennio Morricone

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Well, i have seen Romeo + Juliet, Pan's Labyrinth and Amelie and they're great. Dracula, No country for Old Men and Nosferatu(never seen a silent film before) look interesting. I'll listen to the scores too.
Thanks again.

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Nino Rota did the music for THE GODFATHER

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Chinatown is a pretty lush film to look at.
The Last of the Mohicans with the awesome soundtrack.
Any Terrence Malick film, not so much Badlands, but all the others are BEAUTIFUL.

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Chinatown recreated Depression-era (but with moneyed people) Los Angeles better than any other film I'm aware of.

Everything worked so well, photographed by John Alonzo and Stanley Cortez. IIRC, the eminent Haskell Wexler claims to have done uncredited hand-held camera scenes (the "bathroom", and overlooking Jake's shoulder as he gazes at that crucial fish pond).

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m. night shyamalan's films are beautiful, and so are the scores, despite most people hating his writing


"we are the music-makers and we are the dreamers of dreams" -- O'Shaughnessy

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from most to least visually interesting, in my opinion:

The Double Life Of Veronique (1991) (a MUST, for both visuals and music)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Sin City (2005) (also a MUST)

Metropolis (1926)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Wall-E (2008)

The Cell (2000)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Blade Runner (1982)

Dark City (1998)

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

No Country For Old Men (2007)

Se7en (1995)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)




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Post #1 mentioning Blade Runner.

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For great art direction/production design check out anything by Peter Greenaway - The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is probably the best known. A very different experience to more normal plot driven films.

Also Norman Garwood's work is stunning - Brazil is my favourite.

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In the Mood for Love is often mentioned as an example of excellent cinematography. There is one seemingly simple scene of a man smoking, that is a true piece of art. The musical score fits it well too.

Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring is visually the most beautiful film I've ever seen.

Three Colors Blue is visually beautiful, and has an achingly beautiful musical score.

Amelie is gorgeous, and its famous for its color design.

Manhattan is a like a gorgeous black and white postcard of New York city.

Jules et Jim is also B&W, but has a very different look due to the way it used light. In my memory, the fields were golden and vivid. I have to remind myself it was a black and white film.






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I personally love the visuals in "Crank." Its a ridiculous action-film, sure, but sunny Los Angeles captured through handheld cameras which just keep with the action, makes you feel THERE.

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Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies, visually, and thematically.

Akira is another visually well made movie.

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#2 mentioning Blade Runner.

Illusion is the first of all pleasures
-Oscar Wilde-

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I love visually beautiful, lush movies too, with lovely musical scores. And, yours sound good!

I am the movies I love! (^_^)

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Let the right one in (2008) It's also one of my favorite movies.

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#3 mentioning Blade Runner. Important becuse Scott started out as an Art Director.

Spielburg's "Schindlers List" was photographed beautifully, I don't know if it that film is the Daviau dude?

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In no order

The New World
Stalker(1979)
Solaris(1972)
Andrei Rublev
The Sacrifice
Nostalgia
The Mirror
Ivan's Childhood
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Thin Red Line
Days of Heaven
Badlands
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Eraserhead
The Third Man
Barry Lyndon
A Clockwork Orange
Citizen Kane
Watchmen
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Titanic
Blade Runner
Alien
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
Malcolm X
Grave of the Fireflies
Neon Genesis: Evangelion/End of Evangelion
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Haibane Renmei
Serial Experiments Lain
The Godfather part 2
Once Upon A Time In America
Once Upon A Time In The West
Raging Bull
Seven Samurai
City of God
Schindler's List



And there are many, many others.........


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There are many visually pleasing films out there, but L'avventura (1960) title/tt0053619/ comes to mind instantly. I admire L'avventura's breathtaking cinematography work. For films scores, Ennio Morricone and Michael Nyman are the composers that creates the most exquisite music.

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In terms of visuals, Road to Perdition is my absolute favorite.

Children of Men would be my second most visually appealing.

Finally, check out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The camera shots chosen for that movie are incredible. It is also just an incredibly inspiring movie.

Is it true that there is a place in a man's head where if you shoot it, it will blow up?

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I just recently saw "The Painted Veil" and have to say that's definetly up there as far as visuals go.

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Dean Man with Johnny Depp is really cool. I also love The Incredibles, Snow Falling on Cedars and Interview with a Vampire. Oh, Cold Mountian is good too, not to mention The Quiet Man.

Can't forget The Greatest Story Ever Told: Jesus of Nazareth.

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My personal favorites......

The Fall
Casino
La Vie en Rose
The Matrix
The Princess and The Warrior
Assassination of Jesse James
O Brother Where Art Thou
Miller's Crossing
The Fountain
Fight Club
Rounders
The Girlfriend Experience
Stay

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You know it would be great to know "why' these films mentioned strike everybody so hard with their "visuals". I just think this work on an unocnscious basis where viewers are comparing what they see to some sort of internal world that's dominated by vision and coupled with emotion. We're all looking for that visual nirvana, you know? And maybe we know it when we see it??? And from the looks of it there are alot of "nirvanas"...;-)...

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My personal favorite right now is The Game by David Fincher (cinematography by the genius Harris Savides)

The movie itself is decent, the look is unbelievable.


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Metropolis, Gone With The Wind, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, King Kong(both the 1933 and 2005 versions), Dark City, Dick Tracy (1990).

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What other movies also have great visuals and a beautiful score?


Metropolis (1927) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/
Ivan Groznyy (1944) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037824/
La belle et la bête (1946) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038348/
Det sjunde inseglet (1957) aka Seventh Seal http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050976/
Kumonosu-jô (1957) aka Throne of Blood http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050613
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062622/ (beautiful score)
Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984) aka Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087544/
The Thin Red Line (1998) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120863/ (good score)
Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist (1999) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169302
Asoka (2001) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0249371/ (beautiful score)
Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (2003) aka Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374546/
The Fountain (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/ (beautiful score)
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006) aka Curse of the Golden Flower http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473444/

Of all these films my personal favourite is Asoka, it has also a beautiful score.

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Probably avatar, but i didn't watch it in 3d, how stupid.

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anything Sven Nykvist worked on is worth watching, The Passion Of Anna does some exceptional things with light.

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Road to Perdition and Children of Men are probably my favorites.

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The Harry Potter films, specifically Sorcerer's Stone (shot by John Seale), Prisoner of Azkaban (shot by Michael Seresin), and Half-Blood Prince (shot by Bruno Delbonnel).

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I can't believe no one has mentioned 'Suspiria' by Dario Argento! Not only is the set design amazing but the score by Goblin is incredible! BUT for better visuals check out Dario Argento's 1980 film 'Inferno' it's like nothing you will have seen before


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6zJGUUiG0c

Check this scene out, brilliant

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I was recently watched the first 2 seasons of Breaking Bad on blu-ray and was awe-struck by the photography. Every scene and every shot seemed well thought out, perfectly composed and added something to the narrative. Reynaldo Villalobos shot the first season I think, not sure who worked on the second season. In any case, truly amazing photography for a tv show imo. I guess my point was look into films Villalobos has worked on.

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The Godfather Part I and II

Rear Window

Edward Scissorhands

In the Name of the Rose (one of the most visually beautiful movies I've seen in my life)

I'll recomed the new Sherlock Holmes film warily, because their is absolutley no substance to the thing, but if your looking for great visuals and use of music, it's got 'em.

The Phantom of The Opera

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Manhattan (1979)



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in Black and White:
Faust (1926)
Citizen Kane
IvanÂ’s Childhood
Black Sunday
Great Expectations
Rebecca
Nosferatu
Last Year at Marianbad
The Innocents
Odd Man Out
Yellow Sky
Wild Strawberries
LÂ’avventura
Le Plaisir
The Devil is a Woman
Hud


in Color...
The Mirror
Ryan's Daughter
The Red Shoes
Vertigo
Blade Runner
The New World
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Double life of Veronique
Red Desert
Howard's End
Suspiria
Lust, Caution
Dances with Wolves
Lola Montès
Paris, Texas
The Searchers
Once upon a Time in the West
Howl's Moving Castle
Eyes Wide Shut
Apocalypse Now
2046
The Painted Veil


I would love to add so many more movies but I think it's already a very long list




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What movies are the best, Visually?


well two movies in my mind in recent times that come to mind in a art sense that look great visually and have a great soundtrack to back up the visuals would be...

-Road to Perdition (2002) (this is probably better than Lord of War in the visual sense as that scene with Tom Hanks shooting the Tommy Gun in the rain from a distance is pure art ;). i also like the end scene with Tom Hanks in the window etc etc. you really can't get any better than this film in terms of visuals/music combo (this film also wipes the floor with the overrated 'American Beauty' (also Directed by Sam Mendes) )
-Lord of War (2005) (this film is also one of my all time favorite films. Andrew Niccol is a great underrated director)

both films i consider to be masterpieces. (they got a great look to them/nicely directed/great soundtrack/quite entertaining etc etc :) )

i think those two films are hard to beat in my eyes in terms of 'art feel' with great visuals and a nice soundtrack to back up the visuals. those two films are probably the cream of the crop in terms of art for me as they have that sort of feel i like quite a bit which i don't think i have seen that type of art in any other films(i seen both films many times and they never get old either ;) )

p.s. a film from 'back in the day' that comes to mind in a art sense.... "Once Upon A Time In The West" (1968). solid visuals and a soundtrack that helps the mood/atmosphere of it. i am also a huge fan of this obviously ;)



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i'd suggest any film shot by christopher doyle.

in regards to black and white, there was no better cinematographer than sven nykvist, in particular his films with ingmar bergman.

also, sasha vierny was able to transition from black and white to color rather smoothly. his work with directors alain resnais and peter greenaway is most exceptional

as far as directors who have consistantly had great camera-work with exceptional scores, terrence malick is the man. most of "days of heaven" was shot at either dusk or dawn; there are a lot of outside shots that feature a pink, blue, and purple sky in the background; mostly set to piece by saint-saens called "the aquarium"

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Road to Perdition did win the cinematography Oscar. Master and Commander won the next year.


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Pan's labrynth,inception,the cell,300,lotr.

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Black Swan. I don't think the film is great, i just think the visuals are very impressive.

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This is a good thread.

Maybe have a look through my Greats. It seems possible that you're looking for some of the main qualities I do.

http://www.imdb.com/list/edit?list_id=8ifRqu1j2iY

One of my favourite soundtracks over the past decade has been Hana-Bi :

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119250/

I watched this film and held it in high regard, but without rewatching I took the soundtrack and spent a summer in some nice cars with a woman I knew. It made the summer magical, and each re-watch of the film very special. Great feelings. Visually beatiful film too.


The Consequences of Love

Is a very slick piece of work. A masterpiece I'd say. Apart from one of two terrible music choices it's soundtrack is quite nice too.


The Machinist

Like a painting in film. Dark, horrible, grey, perfect for the story. Again, a masterpiece.


The Three Colours Films

Whilst visually stunning, the films also made me collect pretty much all of Zbigniew Prisener's work.


Bladerunner

... can have you venture off into the mammoth library of Vangelis, which can often be hit and miss. The score for Bladerunner was possibly best.

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Ron Fricke's Baraka cost 4 million to make and grossed 1 million. Expensive film. He's at it again though last year with another one called 'Samsara' also costing 4 million.

It seems really difficult to get hold of though, it's on no terrent sites that I've seen. Even trailers on Youtube seem to be non existant.

Here's what some imdb user had to say about it :

Wow.

A film that took 5 years to make and co-ordinate. Shot in Panarama 70mm, across 26 countries, needing major government and regulatory clearances, having to wait for certain seasons or lunar phases to get the light to hit the way director Fricke wanted...carefully strung together with a massive 7.1 surround sound design and music score from Michael Stearns, Marcello de Francisci, and Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance).

The 70mm negative has been digitally scanned and oversampled at 8k resolution (much like the 'Baraka' Blu-ray); the TIFF Lightbox theatre installed a brand new Christie 4k projector (Christie Projection Systems rushed the projector before its release to the market specifically for this event) making it the first true 4k screening of it's kind.

From sweeping landscapes to time-lapse sequences of the night sky and from exclusive looks into the processing of food to the consumption and effects it has on the human body, Samsara is nothing short of astounding. Modern technology, production lines, and human robotics are juxtaposed against a backdrop of deserts, garbage mounds as far as the eye can see, and traffic congestion in modern centres. The time-lapse footage is simply transcendent. In fact, I caught myself questioning the reality of some of the landscape vistas and night skyline montages...they looked so hyper-real that I thought they must have come from a CG lab somewhere. Simply astonishing. The richness, depth and clarity of colour and image achieved within the processes utilized gives birth to the most beautiful visual meditation that I have ever witnessed.

As one film journalist noted, "That Samsara is instantly one of the most visually-stunning films in the history of cinema is reason enough to cherish it, but Fricke and co-editor Mark Magidson achieve truly profound juxtapositions, brimming with meaning and emotion. It sounds preposterous, but it's true: In 99 minutes, Samsara achieves something approaching a comprehensive portrait of the totality of human experience. If you're even remotely fond of being alive, Samsara is not to be missed."



I'd really like to see this. It's pointless me buying anything when I'm gonna be travelling again shortly.


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In terms of cinematography i would say Citizen Kane, Apocalypse Now, Barry Lyndon,
Days of Heaven.

In terms of visual effects for me one of the best is 2001 A Space Odissey.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind has a great cinematography and visual effects too.


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The Third Man, Picnic At Hanging Rock, The Tales Of Hoffman, Black Narcissus, The Night Of The Hunter, The Red Shoes, Our Man in Havana, Gone With The Wind and anything by Fellini, Kubrick (especially Barry Lyndon), Orson Welles, Spike Lee, David Lean (especially Summertime) and Hitchcock.

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"Eat, Pray, Love" could be one too


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